Significance and Use
5.1 As the cannabis and hemp industries expand and their products become more available as consumable products, the following requirements and expectations within the industry become increasingly significant (Practice , Terminology ), requiring:
5.1.1 The safety, reliability, and quality of its products;
5.1.2 Worker safety;
5.1.3 Environmental sustainability;
5.1.4 Regulatory compliance;
5.1.5 The need for different levels of qualified professionals; and
5.1.6 Development of qualified training and certificate programs.
5.2 The primary objectives of this guide are as follows:
5.2.1 Provide a general overview of the BoK required for the professions listed in Section ( ); and
5.2.2 Provide recommendations to form the foundation for training and subsequent recognition/certificate systems that enable consumers, employers, organizational management, government agencies, and others who rely upon a skilled workforce to distinguish between qualified and non-qualified workers.
5.2.3 Recommend requirements that agencies can use to develop and document the specific criteria used for training or certificate programs.
5.3 Users of this guide shall document deviations from the recommended requirements to inform their clients of the criteria applied in either the training or the certificate programs offered. As the cannabis and hemp industries mature, this guide will be updated to reflect current thinking and requirements.
5.4 The Bok elements are applicable to certificate Programs, while the BoK, experiential and educational elements are applicable to certification process requirements.
1.1 This guide can provide certification bodies, training providers, employers, and certificate issuers, with best-practice guidance for administering their respective programs for supporting analytical laboratory-related professions within the cannabis and hemp industries.
1.2 This guide recommends requirements for experience, training, education, and the body of knowledge (BoK) necessary for analytical laboratory related professions within the cannabis and hemp industries listed in .
1.3 This guide provides recommendations for articulating professional requirements for training and education or earning certificates. Its content does not supersede requirements for training or earning a certificate defined by jurisdictional entities such as government or other regional regulatory bodies.
1.4 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety, health, and environmental practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.
1.5 This international standard was developed in accordance with internationally recognized principles on standardization established in the Decision on Principles for the Development of International Standards, Guides and Recommendations issued by the World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Committee.